We say farewell to UFC Fight Island after one last event, Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Till. So let’s go out with a bang and win some Draft Kings leagues on Saturday, shall we.
Here’s my winning lineup for this week – a mixture of high priced pickups with a few quality underdogs thrown in.
Khamzat Chimaev – $9,800
Undefeated Swedish fighter Khamzat Chimaev had a superb UFC debut just last week at UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Ige. How superb? Try 107.5 fantasy points superb – 43 significant strikes, two takedowns, two advancing, one submission win. While his opponent, John Phillips, isn’t the creme de la creme, it was still a dominant performance. Even more impressive is that he is back at it again this Saturday, having camped out at UFC Fight Island hoping to get a quick turnaround. He’s got octagon newcomer Rhys McKee this week, on short notice. Look for another big time point performance, worthy of the $9,800 price tag.
Tanner Boser – $8,900
We’ll go with a big Canadian heavyweight (which pretty much describes me too!) with our next big money pickup. ‘The Bulldozer’ earned a massive 111 fantasy points in his last octagon performance last month, knocking out Philipe Lins. He’s back out it again this week, and I’m expecting a big performance from him again (as does this guy). His opponent Raphael Pessoa, doesn’t have the speed or power Boser does, and if he decides to try to stand and bang with him it’ll be lights out. Which will light up the scoreboard for us.
Robert Whittaker – $8,300
I’ll take headliner Robert Whittaker for the bargain price of $8,300. He’s in a tough matchup with Darren Till, but I think he has what it takes to get by the tough Englishman. The New Zealander and former long-time middleweight champion is normally good for a solid fantasy point showing, averaging 77 per outing. But his resume is peppered with plenty of performances where he cracked the triple digit barrier. Here’s hoping this Saturday is one of those.
Paul Craig – $8,000
Submission wizard Paul Craig is our next purchase, at only $8,000. I like him in his fight with Gadzhimurad Antigulov this weekend, and he might be able to pull off a submission for big points for us. The ‘Bearjew’ will have quite a significant size advantage over his Russian opponent, with four inches of height and six inches of reach. But with 11 of his 12 career wins coming via submission, he’ll more than likely be trying to use his longer limbs to twist up Antigulov like a pretzel and tap him out.
Jai Herbert – $7,700
The ‘Black Country Banger’ Jai Herbert will be bringing a near unblemished resume (10-1) into his UFC debut against Francisco Trinaldo. Herbert is a former champ in the highly respected Cage Warriors promotion, so that’s no padded record filled his cans. He’ll be bigger and younger than Trinaldo, and with him having finished nine out of 10 opponents, there’s a good chance he’ll get us some nice points via a finish.
Mike Grundy – $7,100
Mike Grundy at $7,100 is a good quality buy with our remaining money (with $200 to spare). In Grundy’s UFC debut this past March, he earned 104.5 fantasy points in his win over Nad Narimani, which he won via TKO. Saturday’s tilt with Movsar Evloev will pit two strong wrestlers against one another, meaning this one probably will become a striking battle. Which I think will benefit Grundy – and us.